Archive for May, 2013

Tutor: ‘I am very proud to be part of it all’

With the school year ending, many Innovations for Learning tutors are visiting the classrooms to meet in person the children whose progress in reading they’ve been guiding long distance, via telephone and computer. Jacqui Howze, an administrative assistant at the law firm DLA Piper LLP in Chicago’s Loop, remotely tutored a young boy at Fiske […]…

Staff reflections: Seth Weinberger

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work. Today: Seth Weinberger, founder and CEO. A good account of Seth’s background and history with IFL can be found here.  He wrote the following […]…

TutorMate makes splash in Seattle biz press

  Some 100 volunteers from 10 Seattle corporations and the Port of Seattle are helping impoverished children learn to read through Innovations for Learning’s TutorMate program — and the Puget Sound  Business Journal has the story:   To read the entire story requires a subscription. It gives a good background on IFL’s programs (“the brainchild […]…

IFL off to a high-altitude start in Denver

At most Innovation for Learning end-of-the-year get-togethers, tutors travel to schools to finally meet the students they’ve been helping each week over the Internet. Denver did it differently. On Wednesday, buses delivered children from two elementary schools to the city’s Janus Capital Group headquarters for a rooftop party. Some 40 first-graders from the two schools, […]…

Education innovation goes Prime Time

Education takes the TV spotlight tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 7) when PBS broadcasts TED Talks Education, an hour-long special featuring an array of speakers who will hold forth on teaching and learning. Hosted by singer John Legend, who has a foundation dedicated to alleviating poverty by focusing on education, the program is a collaboration between […]…

U.S. lags far behind in pre-school

  The United States is lagging far behind much of the developed world when it comes to enrolling children in preschool programs. The U.S. ranks 24th and 26th among Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in the enrollment and three- and four-year-olds, respectively, reports the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank: […]…

Rich kid, poor kid — all must, and can, get an education

What’s wrong with public education in America? Is it the poor quality of teachers — or maybe the low pay offered to teachers? The inflexibility of unions? An insufficiency of charter schools? We’ve heard all of these, time and again, to explain what is inevitably described as the crisis in U.S. education. But a couple […]…